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Safari Helicopter Tours

Heliport, Hilo International Airport, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
808-246-0136
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Ranked #14 of 49 Activities in Hilo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Traveler Description: The Deluxe Volcano/Coast Safari Helicopter tour takes you to over the vent of the Kilauea Volcano System to view the volcanic activity.  This may... more »
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Tokyo, Japan
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

The ride was great, there was lava flow but not in huge quantity. I have booked in advance to request for a front window seat. This is important as the whole trip is about the view. It has to be a window seat and front right most so that you are not in between the pilot and another passenger. (3... More

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Greenville, WV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

First two flights were cancelled but ours went up. Always felt safe. Rain over volcano kept us from seeing the lava, but was able to see around volcano and waterfalls.

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Carmichael, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We took the 45-50 minute tour over the current eruption and Kilauea. It was an excellent ride! The pilot was knowledgeable about the history and geology of the area and provided interesting commentary as we flew over the area. Breathtaking! Highly recommended!

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florida
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Pros: Very enjoyable experience. Saw a few skylights with thin veil and flowing orange lava underneath. A lava breakout with burning vegetation. Pleasant ride with nice commentary. Pickup available from cruise ship on request. Cons: 6 passenger craft with 2 cramped middle (non window seats)seats with marginal views. DVD of the flight (bought separately) with very poor resolution.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

In just 1 word: GREAT! Do it and don't hesitate. Flying in a helicopter is not scary at all. You will want to book again, that is sure.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

I was hesitant to take this trip because of the cost but am so glad I did, it was a fantastic way to see some of The Big Island. My fiancé and I took the volcano and helicoptor tour. We'd been to the volcano national park a few days before but this allowed us to go right over the crater... More

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El Granada, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We booked a helicopter tour on the Big Island in late September 2014. I had flown on a helicopter once years before; my husband, never. Before the flight, a staff member talked about safety procedures. The flight itself was, as the title says, exhilarating. After a couple of minutes of nervousness, when we lifted off, we knew we were going... More

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Rancho Murieta, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

first...I have done safari chopper tours in the past,and was expecting a similar experience...pretty tame and underwhelming...but in their defense there is not much going on between the heliport and the current active kilaheau vent...yes the Lava is flowing and varying in advancement from day to day...thereis burning vegetation...but getting there is boring as not many sites of significance... We... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

What an amazing trip! We flew over the end of the current lava flow and watched the smoke from the burning vegetation. Then we flew up to the summit and the crater and watched the smoke from the current eruption. The cooled lava flows are incredible, and we also saw glimpses of red lava flowing underneath. On the way back,... More

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Scone, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Wow! Had the best flight seen waterfalls but best of all we flew so close to the volcano. Highly recommend this company. Mahalo to the crew in Hilo

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